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Train Ride and Base Camp Open House



What: Train ride and hike to Northern Star Council Base Camp at Fort Snelling

Where: We will depart from and return to Coon Rapids Riverdale commuter rail station 
(located behind Target in Coon Rapids)
121st Lane & Northdale Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:30PM - 4:30PM

Who: Pack 508 Cub Scouts and their families

Cost: $1.25 per Youth/Cub Scout (6-12) and $3.25 per adult or $13 per family

What to bring:
  • Class A uniform (blue Scout shirt)
  • Lunch
  • Six Cub Scout Essentials for Hiking: 
    • first aid kit
    • water bottle
    • flashlight
    • trail food
    • sun protection
    • whistle
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather and hiking
  • Camera
  • Bug spray 
Details: 
The outing consists of the following adventures:
  1. Ride the North Star Commuter train and light rail to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis
  2. Tour and lunch at Minnehaha Park and view the Minnehaha Falls
  3. Hike to Fort Snelling on the Minnesota Valley State Trail along the Mississippi River
  4. View Fort Snelling from the exterior
  5. Visit our Northern Star Council's Base Camp at Fort Snelling for their grand opening
  6. Ride light rail and the North Star Commuter train back to Coon Rapids
The North Star Commuter train departs Coon Rapids Riverdale Station at 10:45PM and returns from Target Field at 4:00PM.  Tickets may be purchased on the platform.  Arrive at 10:30 to give yourself time to purchase tickets and cross over the tracks to the South-bound line (we can't hold the train).

The hike is about 3 miles long (sidewalk, blacktop, and gravel surfaces), so wear good hiking footwear, and bring water. 
 
Map:
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Fort Snelling Hike


Requirements that may be earned on this outing:

Tiger - Tigers in the Wild Adventure

1. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike. Tell your den leader what you would need to add to your list if it rains.

2. Go for a short hike with your den or family, and carry your own gear. Show you know how to get ready for this hike.

3. Do the following:

a. Listen while your leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.

b. Listen while your leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should "Trash Your Trash."

c. Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your Tiger den and pack outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.

4. While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger handbook.

6. Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Write their names in your Tiger handbook.

Wolf - Paws on the Path Adventure

1. Show you are prepared to hike safely in any outdoor setting by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.

2. Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouts. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.

3. Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.

4. Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. (This may be combined with Requirement 3 of The Call of the Wild Adventure.) After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.

5. Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Find two interesting things that you’ve never seen before and discuss with your den or family.

Bear - Fur, Feathers and Ferns Adventure

1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living near the place where you choose to hike or walk.

Webelos - Webelos Walkabout

1. Plan a hike or outdoor activity.

2. Assemble a first aid kit suitable for your hike or activity.

3. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them on your Webelos adventures.

4. With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles. Before your hike, plan and prepare a nutritious lunch or snack. Enjoy it on your hike, and clean up afterward.

5. Describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants and dangerous animals and insects you might encounter on your hike or activity.

6. Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first aid leader, or lunch or snack leader.

Arrow of Light - Outdoorsman

4. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them while you are working on your Arrow of Light. After one outing, list the things you did to follow the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.

Outdoor Activity Award 

Requirement 13: Explore a local city, county, state, or national park.  Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys the park rules.

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